Established in 2006, Muso is an international non-governmental organization based in Bamako, Mali, with headquarters in San Francisco. Muso trains Malian and UC scientists with a focus on health systems strengthening, and maternal, newborn and child health.
Since 2010, Muso has worked with faculty and trainees from UCSF and UC Berkeley to eliminate preventable deaths rooted in poverty, especially in maternal-child health in Mali. Muso's annual budget of $4.4 million is based on support from United State Agency for International Development and various foundations. The program carries out operations and research at nine sites, including peri-urban communities surrounding Bamako and rural districts. All sites work through existing government-run primary care centers, where they partner with the Malian Ministry of Health to build capacity, and implement and study health system innovations.
Current studies use an implementation science framework to focus on optimal roles for community health workers (CHWs) and strengthen links between CHWs and existing health facilities to improve patient health outcomes. Studies also include mHealth and other technological innovations.
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